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Brexit: Horizon 2020 funding after EU exit

4 February 2020


UK businesses and researchers can continue to access Horizon 2020 funding even after 31 January 2020

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. Horizon 2020 is a programme funded under the current MFF.

UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in Horizon 2020, as if the UK remained a member state, even after the UK exit from the EU on 31 January 2020.

The UK government is encouraging UK organisations to continue to bid into calls for new Horizon 2020 grant funding for the lifetime of the Horizon 2020 programme. If successful, funding will be provided by the European Commission. This includes Horizon 2020 calls that extend into 2021, after the transition period has ended.

A very limited number of UK Horizon 2020 projects, which involve access to security-related sensitive information restricted for EU Member States, may be unable to continue after EU Exit in their current form. The government expects the European Commission to inform participants if this is the case. To account for this, the government and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), have established a continuation process. This will provide funding to UK beneficiaries if their Horizon 2020 grant is terminated by the European Commission due to EU Exit.

The funding guarantee and UKRI's portal
The Horizon 2020 funding guarantee and guarantee extension that UKRI was planning to deliver for government in the event of a no-deal EU exit is no longer required. Grants should no longer be registered onto UKRI's portal.

Find more information on Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit from the UK Research and Innovation's EU exit page.

If you are a current Horizon 2020 grant holder, you can contact EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org with any queries.